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DA provincial leader Theuns Botha wants his ANC counterpart, Marius Fransman, to apologise for having labelled a city artist a “house slave”.
“Should Mr Fransman fail to do so, we will consider further action through the Human Rights Commission or the Equality Court,” Botha said yesterday.
Fransman condemned Ayanda Mabulu’s painting of President Jacob Zuma that shows him with his genitals exposed.
“It would seem the artist, wittingly or unwittingly, has done the dirty work of his erstwhile master – the gallery – and now will be rewarded by becoming a house slave and with some notoriety,” Fransman wrote in a guest column in the Cape Times yesterday.
Botha said Fransman’s comment was hateful to Mabulu and showed a disregard for the artist’s right to freedom of expression.
Mabulu’s painting Umshini Wam (Weapon of Mass Destruction) has been condemned by the ANC as an insult to Zuma.
Fransman could not be reached last night. – Staff Writer